The following announcement is the first for the 2003 NA-Europe TAFF race. If you are the editor of a printed fanzine, please consider running this announcement in your next issue, if it's coming out before the deadline. If you are active on a fannish list I don't participate in, please feel free to redistribute the announcement verbatim.
Also, I will be actively soliciting for candidates, and I encourage others to do the same. This information is available at http://home.attbi.com/~vmgonzalez/taff.html. A paper version will also be forthcoming.
From last year's ballot:
"What is TAFF? The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic. Since that time TAFF has regularly brought North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions. TAFF exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation of not less than $3 or £2. These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, are what make TAFF possible."
Candidates wishing to stand for the 2003 North America-to-Europe Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund race have until Nov. 1 to fulfill the requirements. The winner of the race will travel to the 2003 Eastercon.
To become a candidate for this race you must provide:
- A written platform, not to exceed 100 words (send via snailmail to the address below) ;
- A $20 bond and a pledge that you will take the trip if you win (send via snailmail; make checks out to "Victor Gonzalez");
- Five nominations from known fans, three North Americans and two Europeans (nominators should send signed nomination via snailmail OR send to the e-mail address below -- if sending by e-mail, include a phone number for verification).
If you plan to stand, alert me as soon as possible.
All must be received by midnight, Nov. 1. The goal is to have a ballot ready for Novacon. Two candidates are required for a race to be held; more candidates make for a more exciting race, but the race will be postponed if there are not at least two.
If you have questions or comments, please contact me.
TAFF 2003 website:
263 Elm Street
e-mail address (public):